More Fighting in Northern Bosnia Despite Cease-fire
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) _ U.N. peacekeepers reported more fighting between the Muslim-led government army and Serbs in northern Bosnia today and scrambled to try to save a 12-day- old cease-fire.
″Every day I report violations,″ a U.N. spokesman, Maj. Rob Annink, said when asked about the truce that took effect June 10. ″That should tell you something.″
Lt. Gen. Sir Michael Rose, the U.N. commander in Bosnia, invited all sides to a meeting Saturday to discuss cease-fire violations, sniper fire in Sarajevo, Serb reluctance to permit U.N. monitors on their territory and lack of progress in prisoner exchanges.
Annink said 13 mortar shells exploded Tuesday near Turbe, a town 40 miles northwest of Sarajevo. He said dozens of artillery and tank rounds landed in and near the northern town of Tesanj. And he reported more than 100 explosions around Serb-held Doboj, north of Tesanj, and indications of infantry fighting.
The Yugoslav news agency Tanjug said 13 civilians, including five children, were seriously wounded and others suffered light injuries in an attack by government forces on the towns of Doboj and Teslic on Tuesday.
Lt. Col. Simon Shadbolt, a senior U.N. officer, reported ″more and more″ government army provocations, but added: ″They are not doing particularly well.″
For instance, he said government forces were making claims of gains around Tesanj, but ″I think you can count it in tens of meters (yards).″
He said a Serb artillery and tank attack at Zavidovici, to the east of Tesanj, may have been prompted by an earlier assault by government troops.
Fighting has been raging around Zavidovici and farther east, where government troops are trying to win control of the road between Zavidovici and Tuzla, the largest government-held town besides Sarajevo.
Bosnian state radio said late Tuesday that three people were killed and many more wounded by Serb shelling of Travnik, six miles east of Turbe. The radio said 19 people were wounded Tuesday by Serb shellfire in Zavidovici.
In same region, two U.N. soldiers from Britain were wounded Tuesday west of the Maglaj confrontation line when a mine exploded under their vehicle, Annink said.
Bosnian radio said government lines around Brcko in northeastern Bosnia came under the most serious attack since the beginning of the cease-fire.
More than 200,000 people are dead or missing in the Bosnian war, which was begun by Bosnian Serbs in April 1992 after Bosnia’s Muslims and Croats voted to secede from Yugoslavia.